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Drury online instructor earns Educator of the Year award

For Immediate Release: July 27

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 27, 2010 — Drury online instructor Ruth Schafer received the Educator of the Year award from the Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA) on Friday, July 23. Schaefer was presented the award at the MoDLA's annual conference in Springfield.

Schafer is an adjunct instructor in the English department at Drury University. She teaches English composition to incoming freshmen for Drury's online programs.

"Ruth's passion for what she does inspires all who have the pleasure to work with her to do even more. She is truly a gifted and innovative teacher and well deserving of this award," said Steve Hynds, director of Online Education at Drury University.

An online student recently commented on Schafer's abilities in the end of semester course evaluation, "I think Mrs. Schafer has done an excellent job with this course. The reading material was challenging, but simple to follow and the assignments were given with plenty of time to be completed. The work was challenging, but also easy to do if you had done the proper work required. All in all, I think that this online class was wonderful, and I hope that all the other online classes I take in the future will be as organized as this one."

Schafer has been recognized within Drury's Online Education department for her excellence in instruction as well as for her innovative online education methods. She is frequently asked to make presentations to other online faculty about her inventive teaching techniques.

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